Community Grants

Our grant application for the 2019-20 year cycle is now closed. The next cycle of applications will be accepted late January 2020 through March 31, 2020.

pottawattamie county community foundation awards largest grant cycle in program history

June 14, 2019 | The Daily Nonpareil

The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation announced the recipients of its 2019 Community Grants on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

In its largest grant funding cycle to date, PCCF awarded 43 grants totaling $51,800 to area nonprofits. Individual grants can range from $500 to $5,000 to be used for local projects throughout the county. Read more...

Click HERE to view this year's Community Grants Award Recipients.

what are Community Grants?

Community Grants are available to organizations whose innovative and meaningful work align with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation's mission to improve the lives of all county residents.

Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, governmental entity or church - using the funds for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting PCCF's mission to improve the lives of all residents of Pottawattamie County - is eligible to apply.


When is the deadline?

2019 Community Grant applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 31st.


What are the criteria?

Projects are selected based on:

- their focus on a specific issue

- ability to meet a clear, identifiable need in Pottawattamie County

- creativity

- the operational strength of the application organization, including project leadership

- their ranking when compared with other applications received during the funding cycle


PCCF's funding limitations include:

- clinical or medical research

- contributions to capital campaigns

- organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender, age or national origin

- operating deficits or retirement of debt

- annual fund drives

- real estate acquisitions

- political projects of any kind


How are applications reviewed?

Grant applications are reviewed by staff and an independent panel of reviewers from across the county. Our Board of Directors makes all final funding decisions and awards are announced in late May.


How do you submit an application?

Applications can now be submitted electronically. Please click here to learn about the Community Foundation's Online Grants Center and to begin the application process.

The Community Grant program is a highly competitive process due to the limited amount of funding each year. Successful applications respond to a demonstrated or emerging community need, support effective, proven or promising solutions, build upon and maximize other community resources and offer a clear plan for financial sustainability. The Foundation, except under unusual circumstances, does not make grants for deficit financing, fund drives, or fundraising activities. Less consideration may be given to applications from tax supported organizations. Please contact us at info@ourpccf.org if you have further questions.